We’re Engaged!

It took me 30+ years to find the perfect guy, but I finally said YES!

How we met:

The old fashioned way… In a bar. We were both there to hear friends who were playing in a band that night. Just out of an awful relationship, dating was the last thing on my mind. But, Rick’s persistent friend insisted that we meet. We ended up talking for a bit, but it took about a month for us to actually go out on our first date. I kept hearing from everyone that Rick was a great guy, so I decided to give it a chance. I was living in Eugene, and he was about 2 hours away in Portland. After about 2 years of dating long distance, I decided to move to Portland and we’ve been together ever since.

How long we’ve been dating:

5 years… 6 years? Time flies when you’re having fun.

How he proposed:

We were on the beach in Pacific City and Rick dropped to his knees and popped the question at warp speed – “ErinILoveYouWillYouMarryMe!” I thought he was kidding because he said it so fast, but he “sped proposed” because he thought someone was coming and he didn’t want it to ruin the moment.

Did you know it was coming?

Looking back on things, I should have. Rick always leaves a note for our neighbors when we’re leaving our beach house. I just so happened to glance at his note the week before the proposal and it said: “See you next weekend. I’ll have some exciting news to share.” – I thought he was joking with them. We were getting a new dishwasher and stove installed, and I thought that was going to be his “exciting news.” Also, when I got to the house the day of the proposal, I noticed he had a bottle of our good champagne stashed in the fridge… Hmmm…

What’s Rick’s favorite dish that you make?

I’d say it’s a toss up between my Nana’s Sunday Gravy recipe and my Osso Buco, and definitely my Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Reduction.

Details about the wedding?

We’re getting married at one of our favorite wineries in Newberg, Oregon. He proposed in July and we’re getting married exactly one year from the date he proposed. We’re still in the planning stages, but I know we’ll be serving up paella, pie and a photo booth.

A special thanks to Portland photographer Deann Orr for the amazing photographs used in this post. Be sure to check out her site for more of her stunning photographs.

20 comments

  1. Wendy Stanton-Phillips

    Just saw ur recipe on channel 8…. CONGRATULATIONS enjoy the time leading up to it and the rest of your lives
    Take care,

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    1. Erin

      Awww – Thanks so much Wendy! Cheers!

      Reply

  2. Josie

    Congratulations!!! Super happy for you guys! We got married in August at our favorite winery just outside of Carlton. 🙂

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    1. Erin

      Thanks so much Josie and congratulations to you! Any wedding planning tips?

      Reply

  3. Mary

    Awe, I love this! Such beautiful pics, and I loved hearing the stories you shared. Congrats you two!!!

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  4. Kelsey

    Congratulations! I grew up in Newberg, there are so many beautiful wineries in the area!

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  5. Rachel Lloyd

    Congrats Erin! SUCH an exciting time!

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  6. Brettni Brumfield

    Congratulations!!! And the photos are perfection.

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  7. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    Such amazing photos. I love all of them! And I love how he sped proposed 🙂 It’s so sweet!

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  8. Carla

    ERIN! Congratulations, what a lovely story and these photos are amazing. So excited to hear more about your plans. 🙂

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  9. April @ Girl Gone Gourmet

    Congratulations! Love reading the story and the photos are beautiful 🙂

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  10. Pech

    Congratulations again, it’s such a sweet story how he was so nervous and you’re so complementary to each other while also having incredible taste together! Good luck with all the planning and make time to enjoy everything too – can’t control it all after all! And you were great on the TV segment I’m glad it was explained why you both kept looking left instead of at the camera!

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  11. Rebekah Hubbard

    These photos turned out to be AMAZING! Congratulations!

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  12. Stephanie

    Congratulations!! So happy for you. Your photos are amazing and I wish you and Rick the best.

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    1. Erin

      Thanks so much Stephanie!

      Reply

  13. Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago

    Congrats again on the engagement! I just love these photos! It was so great to get to meet Rick when I was in Portland a few weeks ago.

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  14. Raquel Wright

    I love your pretty skirt. Do you mind sharing where it’s from?

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  15. Raquel

    I love your pretty skirt. Do you mind sharing where it’s from?

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Raquel – I actually picked this skirt up at Target about a year ago.

      Reply

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